The SUPFLES spirit

"The specificity of training is to develop skills, and that of professionalization rather to develop the skill to develop skills"
Fernagu-Oudet (2003) "L'ingénierie de la professionnalisation", Actualité de la formation permanente, mars-avril 2003, p. 127


  1. SUPFLES Introduction
  2. The SUPFLES audience
  3. The SUPFLES spirit: a dynamic of professionalization
  4. The SUPFLES spirit: an "academic" dimension
.   5. Study days and pedagogical days
  6. SUPFLES Thursdays

1. SUPFLES Presentation

The SUPFLES (Stages Universitaires de Professionnalisation en FLE/S) was created in 2018 by the SUFLE (now SUL) and the FLE Didactics Department of Aix-Marseille University (AMU).

The SUPFLES offers a summer university in Aix-en-Provence, on-site or exported a la carte training and organizes occasional study days and pedagogical days at AMU.

The SUPFLES aims to deepen reflection in different fields of FLE/S didactics, among FLE/S actors in France and in the world. With a team of experienced trainers, all involved in teaching and/or university research, the SUPFLES relies on a strong articulation between theory and practice.
Our reflection is particularly focused on the theme of creativity in the teaching/learning of FLE/S (critical approach to creativity, creativity of the teacher, of the learner, in teaching, creativity in language, link between creativity and artistic practices, writing, theater, visual arts, creative potential of digital tools, etc.). The diversity of the areas of specialization of our team of trainers, however, allows us to offer internships in other areas. 

Consult the article below from the Français dans le monde March-April 2022 issue:

Extrait d'article du Français dans le monde

Extrait d'article du Français dans le monde, qui présente entre autres le SUPFLES en tant que dispositif de formation innovant et varié

2. The SUPFLES* audience

- Teachers of FLE or FLS outside of French territory**, whether in a primary, secondary, university, institutional, association or private teaching context.
- Master's students in FLE didactics or, failing that, with proven experience in teaching FLE internationally.

- Teachers of FLE or FLS outside of France**, whether in a primary, secondary, university, institutional, associative or private teaching context.

Specialized teachers

*A C1 level in French is required to be able to follow the training in good conditions
. ** If you are a teacher/student in France, please contact us as the registration cannot be covered by continuing education at this time.

3. The SUPFLES spirit: a dynamic of professionalization

This dynamic is envisaged as a process integrating 4 parallel dimensions:
1. the acquisition of knowledge based on scientific research (knowledge)
. 2. the acquisition of practical skills acquired in the field (savoir-faire)
3. the acquisition of a reflective posture: to reflect on, observe, problematize, objectify, criticize to improve one's practice (savoir analyser)
4. the construction of a professional identity in a given field of activity and integration into a network of professionals (savoir appartenir)

4. The SUPFLES spirit: an "academic" dimension

It is important to us:
- to integrate a theoretical perspective in FLE/S didactics and to offer trainees a framework and theoretical references that are objects of reflection.

5. Study days and pedagogical days

In the spirit of SUPFLES, study days and pedagogical days are organized by SUFLE and the Department of FLE didactics of the University of Aix-Marseille. Gathering actors of the FLE/S from various horizons (researchers, teachers, trainers, pedagogical coordinators, etc.), these meetings aim at supporting the reflection in didactics of the FLE/S by proposing conferences, round tables, etc.
. The presentation and the calls for papers of the past days can be downloaded in the archives.

Upcoming event:

Friday, June 10, 2022: Study day "Performances and performativity in languages and languages in educational contexts" - Interdisciplinary dialogue around the work of Marianne Mispelaëre.
Scientific coordination: Muriel Molinié (DILTEC, Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Anne-Sophie Cayet (DILTEC, SUL), with SUPFLES as a partner.
Download the program in the files to download opposite.

This study day is part of the exhibition "Migratory Objects, Treasures under Influence" from April 8 to October 15, 2022 (Musée de la Vieille Charité in Marseille), during which two other study-days  (Paris 3, AMU, DILTEC, LPL and SUPFLES).

Past events:


Friday, November 27, 2020: A Hachette-PUG pedagogical half-day organized by the SUFLE and the FLE department in the form of a webinar, around the theme:
"Teaching French to adult migrants"
. 1 conference, 1 presentation of books related to this context and 3 pedagogical workshops focused on the issue of teaching adult migrants in parallel. See the program in the documents to download opposite.
Registration on the Presses Universitaires de Grenoble

6. SUPFLES Thursdays

A space for exchanging practices and experiences.
As part of the professionalization of its trainers, SUPFLES will offer three meetings per semester declining various themes in FLE/S didactics.

Information and registration: Les jeudis du SUPFLES

Sessions 2021/2022, theme "The learner as actor of his learning":

  • Thursday, November 18 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. (presentation-lectures):  Paul Pouzergues: "La classe inversée dans le cadre d'une formation hybride en langue"
  • Thursday, December 2, 2021, 6:00-7:00 pm (forum): Catherine David: "L'engagement de l'apprenant dans l'évaluation : quelles démarches, quelles activités ? Partageons nos expériences" (zoom)
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm (lecture): Marco Cappellini: "Ce que l'autonomie peut apporter à la citoyenneté numérique. Une proposition de matrice de séquences pédagogiques" (co-modal)
    • In this contribution, I propose to link the field of digital citizenship education to the autonomy paradigm. In the first part, starting from the observation of problematic uses of digital technologies for digital citizenship, the conference proposes an educational response articulating existing active pedagogies in an empowerment framework based on socioconstructivism and experiential learning. In the second part, the conference proposes an example of an educational sequence for empowerment and digital citizenship concerning the issue of the attention economy and leads to a schematization of the proposed approach.
  • Thursday, January 21, 2022, 5:30-7:00 pm (presentation-lectures):
    Souhila Grifi  : "Seven Speaking, from technique to practice" (co-modal, MIRREL)
    • Getting to grips with Seven Speaking and its use in courses by teachers.
  • Thursday, March 17, 2022, as part of the Week of the French Language and Francophonie in the World, the SUFLE / SUL-FLE is offering a SUPFLES Thursday evening that complements the festive week of the Francophonie, on the theme "(D)-étonner": Astonishment and Culture Shock.
    • 5:30 pm: Conference "L’étonnement dans la rencontre des cultures en francophonie" (A.Leconte), 001 and zoom
    • 6pm: Pedagogical roundtable "Mobilités, étonnement et francophonie" in the heart of the classroom
  • Thursday, March 31, 5:30-6:45 pm (co-modal):
    Catherine Ricoul: "Scénarisation d'un cours hybride : un module d'initiation au FOU pour les étudiants en mobilité".

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SUPFLES - Service Universitaire des Langues SUL (ex SUFLE)
Building T3 Porte
29, avenue Robert Schuman
13621 Aix-en-Provence cedex 1

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